After Jaya wrapped up her experience of reading philosophy across the east and west, we talked about fairly disconnected books.
“I’m sure most of you have read Who Moved my Cheese? by Spencer Johnson,” Anil said. This bestseller that has sold 26 million copies(according to Wiki) that is on every Management student’s must-read list describes how people respond and how they should respond during the hunt. “I liked the idea of adapting your perspective to changing situations, but I had my doubts when it was mentioned that whoever didn’t like the book wouldn’t adapt.”
I had just finished reading Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. There is no doubt that graphic novels are perhaps the best way to understand a country’s past, at least through the eyes of a single spectator. Satrapi has cleverly woven politics and reality from the point of view of a precocious child and rebellious teenager. She dissects all systems and lays the truth as she sees it bare. It’s a privilege to read such an intelligent mind and though critics would probably dismiss her writing as culture phobic, this book would tell us much more about what happened to Iran in the 1980s than any non-fiction book. More about this delightful book in a book review here.
What are your reading resolutions this year? I am in the middle of an extraordinarily large book about the Silk Road, and I hope to finish it.